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8 Cold Remedies That Scientifically Work: VIDEO

ASAP Science Cold

I could have used this video last week when I was bedridden for a good two or three days solid.

The boys at ASAPScience have put together a rundown of the eight cold remedies that not only work but also have a verifiable scientific basis for why they do so. Chicken soup makes the cut, of course, but so do honey and garlic, and even though AirBorne is a snake oil preventative, vitamin C actually does help decrease the duration and severity of the illness that ails you.

You can start putting together your cold-buster grocery list when you watch the video AFTER THE JUMP...

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Rand Paul Was A Longtime Member Of AIDS-Denialist Medical Group


Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is a legitimate medical doctor, specifically an ophthalmologist. He is, however, not an epidemiologist, which would explain in part why he's made an utter fool of himself in the discussion of vaccines. What explains it further is that Paul was once a member of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, a group founded in the 40's to "fight socialized medicine and to fight the government takeover of medicine," as The New Civil Rights Movement points out.

The group, which is still in existence, got an early start on the anti-vaccination movement and said in a 2007 press release that it "promised to do everything it can to support parents who refuse to immunize their children" because they too believed that vaccines cause autism. Also among the group's beliefs: HIV doesn't cause AIDS.

An advisor to Paul, Doug Stafford, tried to spin some damage control to BuzzFeed, telling them "he didn’t know if Paul was still a member of the group but that he joined because it was a group of pro-life doctors. He said Paul does not endorse all the group’s views."

Stafford neglected to say which views, precisely, the Senator does not endorse.

Bishop Hyperventilates Over Catholic Hospital Giving Equality To Gay Employees

St Louis Archdiocese

Mercy Health employs over 40,000 individuals over seven states in its Catholic health care system, so to better meet the needs of all of their employees they have announced that they "will extend benefits to all legally married spouses effective this spring." Which includes legally married gay spouses.

Bishop James V. Johnston of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau in Missouri went apoplectic over the decision and wasted no time in going forward with unrestrained hyperbole, saying:

Bishop James V JohnstonNo believing Christian worthy of the name should violate God’s law because of ‘regulations.’ Our ancestors refused to abandon the faith even when subjected to the cruelty and torture of the Roman Empire, but in our age unspecified ‘regulations,’ government funds, and fear of public ridicule is sufficient in order to secure the compliance of some.

Johnston remarkably refrained from invoking Godwin's Law. The Archdiocese of St. Louis was marginally more restrained:

It is simply inconsistent to claim to be a Catholic institution while publicly acting against Church teaching.

The Archdiocese did not mention how providing legal - not religious - recognition to same sex couples and the attendant benefits and protections is acting against Church teaching. Unless the Church teaching is to make life miserable for all nonbelievers, which seems to be sort of the opposite of the teachings of the Bible.

Janet Porter Will Suffer Headaches To Spite LGBT Support: AUDIO

Janet Porter

Janet Porter of Faith 2 Action, a far right social conservative activist group, has been suffering no shortage of headaches since her failed attempts to spread the Texas GOP's ex-gay therapy resolution last summer, what with the march of progress and all that, but she is willing to suffer through them without any relief in order to spite Tylenol and their pro-LGBT corporate stance.

Said Porter after seeing the new Tylenol ad that features a lesbian couple:

Their campaign to redefine the family is giving me a headache–but I won’t be taking Tylenol. 

We’ve all seen the beautiful Norman Rockwell paintings of a family around the Thanksgiving table. Well now, Tylenol is trying to normalize two lesbians, an ex-husband, and another adult acting as parents. The voiceover says, “Our definition of family is now expanding and blossoming so it’s not this rigid, fixed picture…”

Apparently the ideal of a mom and a dad is too rigid for Tylenol. They want to blossom into some kind of group marriage that reflects the desires of adults instead of what every shred of social science research shows is best for children.

No Tylenol, we’re not swallowing the lie.

And thus are the standard flawed talking points addressed:

  • Pining for a banal, saccharine ideal that never existed
  • Vilifying same-sex couples as abnormal
  • Asserting that since Tylenol is pro-LGBT they therefore must be anti-heteronormative
  • Ignoring family research that finds that the gender and orientation of parents has no adverse effect on children
  • And - as always - "forgetting" that not every family has or even wants children in the mix 

You can listen to the crazy below:

Anti-Vaxxers Pose 'Legitimate Question' On Whether Vaccines Will Turn Your Kids Gay

Gay Vaccine

The anti-vaccination movement has officially hit peak crazy. As if the movement weren't absurd enough on the face of it all, the Facebook page is asking the 'legitimate' question of "Do you think vaccinating a child with vaccines, that are made up of endocrine disrupting chemicals, can affect the outcome of a person's sexuality?"

As the New Civil Rights Movement points out, "Not all questions, actually, are legitimate."

If one were to be charitable, this discussion could be interpreted as people who have just enough knowledge of medicine and science to be dangerous making connections that don't exist and getting worked into a frenzy over it. More likely, however, is that the anti-vaxxers are using homophobia as another scare tactic to turn parents away from inoculating their children. Because, as we all know, one of the side effects of being made immune to rubella is a 10% likelihood of an increase in fabulosity.

Besides, even if this delusional train of thought actually had any basis in reality, given that the earth's current population is presently well beyond sustainable levels a sudden global surge of non-reproducing 'mos would do the planet a world of good.

LA Man Sues Doctor For 'Chronic Homosexuality' Diagnosis: VIDEO

Matthew Moore

Despite the fact that homosexuality was removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) over 40 years ago, it would seem that some doctors are still having trouble letting go. Such was the case with Matthew Moore of Los Angeles whose doctor, Dr. Elaine Jones of the Torrance Health Association, listed "homosexual behavior" as a "chronic problem" on his record after a physical in 2013.

When Moore confronted Jones about the notation, she doubled down, claiming that the medical community goes "back and forth" on whether or not homosexuality is considered a chronic condition; much like, no doubt, the way the scientific community goes "back and forth" on whether climate change exists or if the Earth is the center of the universe. 

Moore received an apology from the Torrance Memorial Health Association, but a year later when he obtained a copy of his medical records he found that the designation was still listed. He is now filing suit, alleging intentional infliction of emotional distress and libel. For their part, Torrance Memorial Physicians Network is claiming they made "every effort" to correct Moore's records and are laying fault with the "highly complex software" that they use for their medical records.

You can watch NBC Los Angeles' report on the story AFTER THE JUMP...

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